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ViaRhôna, a cycling route alongside the river Rhône

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ViaRhôna cycle route guides tourists from all over the world, from the alpine mountains to the beaches of the Camargue.
815 km long, and located for the most part along the Rhône, it offers cyclists a diversity of exceptional landscapes.

moderate
Distance 929 km
65:44 h
1,563 m
1,952 m
575 m
-5 m

From alpine panoramas, to the banks of the river and the vineyards that line it, not to mention the crossing of the perched villages and fields of lavender and olive trees of Provence, it's a real "concentrate of France" that is available to lovers of the little queen.

Beyond cycling, ViaRhôna is a great opportunity to discover and enjoy at your own pace the many treasures of the territories crossed. Gastronomy, oenology, culture, heritage, nature will be the main travelling companions of curious tourists.

ViaRhôna is crossing 3 regions (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, South Region and Occitania), 12 counties and 10 protected reserves or natural areas... It allows those who use it to appreciate 3 UNESCO classified sites (Lyon, Avignon and Arles), and for epicureans, it should be noted that nearly 40 Michelin starred restaurants are located near its route.

The route is relatively flat (no more than 3% difference in altitude, with the notable exception of the first 60 kilometres between Geneva and Seyssel). It is therefore accessible to all.

ViaRhôna is 87% developed and is expected to be completed in 2020.

The ViaRhôna and EuroVelo 17 logos are shown on the signage.

Route profile :

22% on cycle paths
78% on small roads with low traffic

Author’s recommendation

Be careful between Lyon and Givors, a temporary route is in place (with signage) but can be complicated for families and new-comers.
Train (TER) strongly recommended on this section (Givors <> Lyon).  

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
575 m
Lowest point
-5 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Tips and hints

https://www.viarhona.com/

 

Start

Saint-Gingolph (375 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'551'267E 1'138'262N
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46.393948, 6.805047
DMS
46°23'38.2"N 6°48'18.2"E
UTM
32T 331251 5140160
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Destination

Sète

Turn-by-turn directions

25 stages for an exceptional experience in the heart of the territories:

1: ViaRhôna from Saint-Gingolph to Thonon by Evian
2: ViaRhôna from Thonon to Geneva
3: ViaRhôna from Geneva to Vulbens
4: ViaRhôna from Vulbens to Seysse
5: ViaRhôna from Seyssel to Belley by Chanaz
6: ViaRhôna de Belley in Groslée by St-Genix-sur-Guiers
7: ViaRhôna de Groslée at La Balme-les-Grottes
8: ViaRhôna de La Balme-les-Grottes in Jons
9: ViaRhôna from Jons to Lyon
10: ViaRhôna from Lyon to Saint-Romain-en-Gal / Vienne
11: ViaRhôna de Saint-Romain-en-Gal / Vienne in Sablons
12: ViaRhôna de Sablons / Sarras in Tournon-sur-Rhône / Glun
13: ViaRhôna de Tournon-sur-Rhône / Glun in Valence / La Voulte-sur-Rhône
14: ViaRhôna de Valence / La Voulte-sur-Rhône in Le Pouzin
15: ViaRhôna de Le Pouzin / Cruas à Chateauneuf du Rhône / Viviers
16: ViaRhôna de Viviers / Bourg-Saint-Andéol in Lapalud
17: ViaRhôna from Lapalud to Caderousse
18: ViaRhôna from Caderousse to Avignon
19: ViaRhôna from Avignon to Beaucaire
20: ViaRhôna from Beaucaire to St-Gilles
21: ViaRhôna from Saint-Gilles to Aigues-Mortes
22: ViaRhôna from Aigues-Mortes to Palavas-les-Flots
23: ViaRhôna from Palavas-les-Flots to Sète
24: ViaRhôna from Beaucaire to Arles
25: ViaRhôna from Arles to Port-St-Louis-du-Rhône

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

ViaRhôna is well connected by train
  • TER line Geneva - Lyon (Stations served: Seyssel, Culoz, Ambérieu)
  • TER line Lyon - Givors - St-Etienne
  • TER line Marseille - Avignon - Valence - Lyon

Getting there

Parking

Many car parks are available along the route

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'551'267E 1'138'262N
DD
46.393948, 6.805047
DMS
46°23'38.2"N 6°48'18.2"E
UTM
32T 331251 5140160
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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Equipment

Before you leave:   

  • Make sure that the bike is in perfect mechanical condition, not to mention the tires and brakes
  • Make sure that the bike is correctly adjusted to your body shape
  • Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended
  • Take a repair kit with you
  • Remember that the Highway Traffic Act applies to cyclists in all circumstances
  • Never drive more than two lanes at a time and pull into a single lane when traffic conditions require.
  • Respect other users as you would like them to respect you
  • Choose a route adapted to your physical abilities
  • Inform your family and friends of your itinerary
  • Find out about the weather conditions
  • A first aid kit is not essential, but can be very useful
  • Be informed and keep the emergency numbers.
  • Respect the environment by not throwing your food packaging on the side of the road
  • If you have to return at nightfall, make sure you see and also be seen

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
929 km
Duration
65:44 h
Ascent
1,563 m
Descent
1,952 m
Highest point
575 m
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  • 25 Stages
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1
Distance 29.2 km
Duration 2:00 h
Ascent 175 m
Descent 135 m

On the south bank of Lake Geneva, straddling the Franco-Swiss border, the town of Saint-Gingolph stands at the start of the ViaRhôna cycle route ...

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ViaRhôna de Thonon à Genève
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 2
Distance 44.6 km
Duration 1:55 h
Ascent 156 m
Descent 184 m

Après Thonon-les-Bains, une succession de pistes cyclables et de petites routes vous emmènent à la découverte des villages du Bas-Chablais.

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ViaRhôna : Geneva / Vulbens
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 3
Distance 32.9 km
Duration 2:30 h
Ascent 358 m
Descent 261 m

This ViaRhôna stage keeps within the Franco-Swiss border area. You start in the splendid Swiss town of Geneva, beside its famous lake.

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ViaRhôna : Vulbens - Seyssel
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 4
Distance 27.3 km
Duration 2:00 h
Ascent 210 m
Descent 439 m

This ViaRhôna stage takes you up and down through spectacular scenery, offering splendid views over the Rhône Valley. You go through the dramatic ...

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ViaRhôna : Seyssel / Chanaz / Belley
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 5
Distance 33.2 km
Duration 2:15 h
Ascent 79 m
Descent 98 m

This ViaRhôna stage goes along both banks of the Rhône. This route is provisional. It leads between crests and plateaux, through landscapes marked ...

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ViaRhôna : Belley / Groslée via St-Genix-sur-Guiers
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 6
Distance 44.8 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 151 m
Descent 208 m

This ViaRhôna stage meanders through the beautiful Bugey area, between the majestic Rhône and the Lavours Marshes, below the imposing Grand ...

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ViaRhôna : Groslée / La Balme-les-Grottes
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 7
Distance 51.8 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 63 m
Descent 62 m

This ViaRhôna stage takes you through unspoilt countryside beside the Rhône. Hidden in the magnificent landscapes of the southern Bugey, with their ...

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ViaRhôna de La Balme-les-Grottes à Jons
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 8
Distance 36.2 km
Duration 2:25 h
Ascent 96 m
Descent 107 m

Aux confins du Bugey, cette étape de ViaRhôna s’écarte légèrement du fleuve pour rejoindre progressivement les Balcons du Rhône, où villages ...

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ViaRhôna : Jons / Lyon
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 9 Open
Distance 26.4 km
Duration 1:45 h
Ascent 7 m
Descent 45 m

This ViaRhôna stage cleverly links the parks and lakes of Greater Lyon, including at Le Grand Large and Miribel-Jonage. Then enjoy the magnificent ...

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ViaRhôna de Lyon à Saint-Romain-en-Gal / Vienne
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 10
Distance 35.5 km
Duration 2:20 h
Ascent 73 m
Descent 84 m

Après l’ardente agitation lyonnaise, cette étape de ViaRhôna mène à Givors, puis Saint-Romain-en-Gal. Ce territoire plus qu’un autre, est au cœur ...

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ViaRhôna de Saint-Romain-en-Gal / Vienne à Sablons
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 11
Distance 32.8 km
Duration 2:10 h
Ascent 15 m
Descent 43 m

Cette remarquable étape de ViaRhôna offre une grande variété de paysages. 

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recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 12 Open
Distance 36.4 km
Duration 2:25 h
Ascent 17 m
Descent 24 m

This ViaRhôna stage runs between steep vineyards and dense orchards. Heading south from Lyon, this is the first ViaRhôna stage to enter the rugged ...

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recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 13
Distance 24.8 km
Duration 1:40 h
Ascent 25 m
Descent 22 m

En quittant le Pays du Tournonais depuis la digue sud de Tournon-sur-Rhône, l'itinéraire ViaRhôna file jusqu'à Glun. Vous découvrirez la ...

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recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 14
Distance 33.2 km
Duration 2:15 h
Ascent 7 m
Descent 42 m

Après une halte au port de l'Epervière à Valence, ViaRhôna reprend sa route en Ardèche. Entre grottes et site archéologique, village de caractère, ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 15
Distance 40.4 km
Duration 2:45 h
Ascent 9 m
Descent 41 m

ViaRhôna cycle route continues south towards Cruas. Heritage sites stand out in this area. Cruas Abbey, with its extraordinary medieval ...

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ViaRhôna : Viviers / Bourg-Saint-Andéol / Lapalud
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 16 Open
Distance 31.9 km
Duration 2:15 h
Ascent 21 m
Descent 30 m

Leaving Châteauneuf-du-Rhône, cycle beside branches of the Rhône and pass through historic towns: Viviers, with its medieval spirit; Bourg-Saint ...

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ViaRhôna : Lapalud / Caderousse
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 17
Distance 28.9 km
Duration 4:20 h
Ascent 2 m
Descent 27 m

A provisional stretch of the ViaRhôna route has been signposted south from Lapalud, following the Rhône’s east bank through the county of Vaucluse.

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ViaRhôna de Caderousse à Avignon
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 18
Distance 33 km
Duration 2:25 h
Ascent 90 m
Descent 97 m

On quitte le petit village de Caderousse par un itinéraire ViaRhôna provisoire qui nous emmène à la découverte du vignoble de Châteauneuf-du-Pape. 

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ViaRhôna d'Avignon à Beaucaire
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 19
Distance 41 km
Duration 2:35 h
Ascent 51 m
Descent 66 m

Après un dernier coup d’œil sur la cité des Papes, ViaRhôna fait son entrée dans le Gard. 

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ViaRhôna de Beaucaire à St-Gilles
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 20
Distance 32.1 km
Duration 2:10 h
Ascent 5 m
Descent 10 m

En attendant un aménagement le long du canal du Rhône à Sète, un parcours provisoire jalonné est proposé de Beaucaire à Saint-Gilles. 

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recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 21
Distance 32.3 km
Duration 2:10 h
Ascent 10 m
Descent 12 m

Entre Saint-Gilles et Gallician, l’itinéraire provisoire entre dans le Grand Site de France de la Camargue Gardoise et vous mènera au Centre du ...

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recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 22
Distance 27.6 km
Duration 1:50 h
Ascent 16 m
Descent 16 m

Cette étape marque la fin du périple avec pour récompense la mer Méditerranée et ses plages qui sont maintenant à portée de roues. 

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recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 23
Distance 35.8 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 23 m
Descent 21 m

From Palavas-les-Flots, close to the bigger city of Montpellier, the itinerary is winding between beaches and saltwater lagoons. 

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ViaRhôna de Beaucaire à Arles
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 24
Distance 19.3 km
Duration 1:20 h
Ascent 10 m
Descent 10 m

Ce parcours relie deux villes chargées d’histoire : Beaucaire et son port fluvial qui anime le cœur de la ville mérite qu’on s’y attarde avant de ...

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ViaRhôna d'Arles à Port-St-Louis-du-Rhône
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 25
Distance 51.7 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 6 m
Descent 14 m

Aux portes de la Camargue, Arles et son extraordinaire patrimoine romain invite à s'immerger dans cette ville chargée d'art et d'histoire.

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